If you’ve ever felt like the only way to get rid of a particularly tenacious dick on the dance floor is by faking a fatal heart attack, at least now you can take comfort in the fact that the experience is so universal as to cross the boundaries of species. 

The latest #relatable revelation to emerge from our study of the animal kingdom: a Swiss ecologist has discovered that female dragonflies often fake their own deaths to deter persistent suitors. 

The study, published by Rassim Khelifa from the University of Zurich, found that female moorland hawker dragonflies who were pursued by males they weren’t keen on would literally drop out of the sky and play dead to avoid their advances. 

According to his study, 27 out of 31 observed female dragonflies did the drop-and-dodge, and 21 of the fake-outs were successful (RIP to the six who weren’t). 

Speaking to New Scientist, Khelifa observed:

“Females may only behave in this way if male harassment is intense.”

No shit.

Has Twitter picked this up and run with it? 

Take notes, mates. Remember that old saying: if it’s good enough for the insect kingdom, it’s good enough for you.

Source: New Scientist.

Image: Getty / Auscape.